Rapid Innovation

Rapid Innovation on the Cheap by Michael BelfioreDuring the last ten years of reporting on and keeping up with some of the most out-there ventures on the planet, I’ve found certain commonalities helping them get off the ground.

Everything from inflatable space habitats and asteroid mining to humanoid robots and medical devices that dissolve in your body when they’re no longer needed all are taking off thanks to a few key principals by which their originators operate.

I’ve distilled these ideas, based on my reporting on technology breakthroughs for Popular Mechanics, Popular Science, National Geographic, Scientific American, and other publications, as well as in my books on DARPA and commercial spaceflight, into this paper, and I’m excited to share it with you.

“I’m part of the R&D group at my company and learning about disruptive innovation is a great way to learn about the way great innovation happens. Plus, I have already witnessed innovation happening similar to how you described it when we are constrained by our funding and resources. Thanks, and I look forward to your newsletter.”

—Marcos Villa-Gonzalez, Engineered Arresting Systems Corporation

In “Rapid Innovation on the Cheap: Lessons from DARPA and the Commercial Space Age,” I outline:

  • Why having a limited budget for technology R&D is actually an asset;
  • What DARPA and successful commercial space ventures do to keep fresh ideas coming in to solve their extreme challenges;
  • Why a higher purpose, not just making money or pleasing a customer, is essential for technology breakthroughs;
  • How to manage the risks you must take to see a breakthrough idea through to fruition, and more.

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